€500m Echelon Data Centre in ArklowJanuary 28, 2020
Planning permission has been granted for a 45,000sq.m (484,000 sq.ft) data centre in the Avoca River Business Park in Arklow, Co Wicklow – Echelon Data Centre. Planning permission for the centre was originally granted by Wicklow Co Council in February, but was the subject of an appeal, which has now been dismissed by An Bord Pleanála.
The €500 million development, which will create 90 full-time operational roles and support 450 jobs in construction.
Echelon Data Centres’ first tranche of capacity – at the Clondalkin site – will come on stream in the second quarter of 2021, and the company expects to have availability for occupation at the Arklow site by the third quarter of the same year.
Echelon said the Arklow site, when combined with the site in Clondalkin as well as “further sites we have identified”, will be in a position to offer hyperscale tenants a potential 300MW of capacity in an Irish availability zone and are committed to finding “100 per cent green and renewable solutions – wind, solar, biomass – to provide sustainable power options to all of its data centres”.
The company’s chief operating officer Graeme McWilliams said the planning decision in Arklow will meet “growing demand from global organisations in ecommerce, telecommunications, digital broadcasting, AI and the internet of things”.
For more information from the Arklow District and Chamber, click here –> https://arklow.ie/echelon-data-centre-secure-second-site-in-arklow/